Daily Notes: Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society Today

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society Today
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

Meeting of the Corey Kluber Society Today
The Purpose of This Post
The purpose of this post is, firstly, to announce a meeting — in this case, at 7:05pm ET today (Wednesday) — of the Corey Kluber Society. Secondly, it’s to publish — for the reader’s pleasure — three accounts by noted personages of Corey Kluber and the eponymous Society.

About the Society
The Corey Kluber Society (or, frequently just “the Society”) is composed of individuals all bound by their singular enthusiasm for the works and days of Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber.

How to Attend a Meeting
To attend a meeting of the Society, one needs merely to “push it,” where it signifies “spiritual intellect” or something not unlike “spiritual intellect.”

Accounts from the Corey Kluber Society by Famous Personages
A number of notable writers and thinkers have, at one time or another, been quite active within the Society. Below are accounts from three of them.

British novelist C.S. Lewis:

At the time, I knew nothing about Kluber; but instantly I was uplifted into huge regions of northern sky, and I desired with almost sickening intensity something never to be described (except that it is cold, spacious, severe, pale, and remote) and then found myself at the very same moment already falling out of that desire and wishing I were back in it.

American philosopher and psychologist William James:

The effects [of Kluber] will of course vary with the individual, just as they vary in the same individual from time to time; but it is probable that in the former case, as in the latter, a generic resemblance will obtain. With me, as with every other person of whom I have heard, the keynote of the experience is the tremendously exciting sense of an intense metaphysical illumination. Truth lies open to the view in depth beneath depth of almost blinding evidence. The mind sees all logical relations of being with an apparent subtlety and instantaneity to which its normal consciousness offers no parallel.

Seventeenth-century French polymath Blaise Pascal:

From about third inning until the sixth, FIRE. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers nor of the Wise. Assurance, joy, assurance, feeling, joy, peace… Kluber, the world has not known thee but I have known thee. Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.

Improving GIF: Kluber’s Slider
Here’s slow-motion footage of the last pitch Kluber threw in his most recent start — a cutter at 92 mph to strike out Mitch Moreland:

Kluber Moreland SL

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Houston at Baltimore | 19:05 ET
Erik Bedard (103.0 IP, 115 xFIP-, 0.8 WAR) faces Miguel Gonzalez (112.1 IP, 108 xFIP-, 1.4 WAR). Regarding the former, he hasn’t fared as poorly as some other pitchers who currently possess a 0 Nerd score. He has the distinction, however, of being the slowest-working of all 203 pitchers who’ve thrown 20-plus innings as a starter. His pace figure of 26.4 seconds between pitches is over 2.5 standard deviations slower than average among the aforementioned population.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Radio, Maybe.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.8.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Gio Gonzalez WAS 8 2 6 7 6 DET Justin Verlander 13:08
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 7 7 6 4 OAK Bartolo Colon 15:35
Homer Bailey CIN 10 3 6 6 4 SD Eric Stults 15:40
Undecided CHA 5 1 7 7 10 CLE Corey Kluber 19:05
Erik Bedard HOU 0 3 3 8 3 BAL Miguel Gonzalez 19:05
Chad Gaudin SF 4 5 3 1 3 PHI Kyle Kendrick 19:05
A. Wainwright STL 9 3 6 7 3 PIT Jeff Locke 19:05
Wade Miley AZ 6 2 6 10 5 TB J. Hellickson 19:10
Tyler Chatwood COL 7 8 8 7 8 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Jenrry Mejia* NYN 10 6 7 2 7 MIA Hen. Alvarez 19:10
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8 5 7 8 7 BOS John Lackey 19:10
Jerome Williams LAA 4 7 6 3 8 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Wily Peralta MIL 6 5 5 4 5 CHN Edwin Jackson 20:05
Jeremy Guthrie KC 2 7 3 2 2 MIN Kevin Correia 20:10
Hiroki Kuroda NYA 5 3 6 3 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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  1. MikeS says:

    The White Sox are so mystified by Kluber they don’t even know who to send to the mound.

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  2. Jim says:

    I would feel a lot more comfortable with Kubler if he didn’t seem to have a preference for pitching with the bases loaded. Maybe he is just toying with us and giving us the exhilarating ride we all enjoy so much.

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  3. Brad says:

    The gif is a good example of why the Indians always rank so lowly in the pitch-framing studies

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  4. Gabes says:

    I love how the unnamed White Sox pitcher has a larger NERD score than Erik Bedard, among others.

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    • rusty says:

      I was going to say something about the scaling, but it occurs to me that just because NERD is applied to a 0-10 scale doesn’t mean that the median score (i.e. that of a mystery pitcher) is/ought to be 5… I guess someone could crunch the numbers Carson provided in an earlier Daily Notes (innings-weighted of course) to find a median, but I prefer to think that any variance between 5 and the median is due to the mysteriousness of the late choice.

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  5. LordJim says:

    Can the Corey Kluber Society please refrain from the spamming the Daily Notes? Stuff like belongs in NotGraphs.

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    • Professor Ross Eforp says:

      Right, I mean we totally should talk about something other than what 90% of the post is about.

      And give me back my ball that barely crossed onto your property line, grampa.

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  6. JoseCansecoForMayor says:

    Yeoman’s work being performed by the former Stetson Hatter

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  7. Nate says:

    Thank you for the fine outing Mr. Kluber.

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  8. Robert says:

    What was Tito doing taking him out the way he was throwing with only 95 pitches.

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  9. John says:

    Tito did this shit last game too. Take Kluber out when he is hot, bullpen blows lead… this time letting the inherited runner score was just icing on the cake.

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    • Professor Ross Eforp says:

      He hurt his hip last game.

      Overall he pitched really well. Too bad the White Sox strung those hits together.

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  10. Chicago Mark says:

    Watched the game. Kluber stuff was excellent! Was very surprised Tito took him out at ~95 pitches. Will there be an innings cap? Maybe he has only about 50 innings left in him. Maybe Tito and Cle management will pitch him more if still in the race. Otherwise I see maybe 7 or 8 more starts or even bullpen.

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